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    60 Minutes' Lara Logan Ordered to Take Leave of Absence From CBS After Botched Benghazi Report

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    CBS, unfortunately, knows the drill.

    Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan have been ordered to take a leave of absence from the network after a 60 Minutes report about the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was found to be "deficient in several respects" following an investigation by CBS News.

    After initially defending the report, Logan, a veteran broadcaster and foreign correspondent, issued an apology on the air on Nov. 8.

    The original report, which revolved around a since-discredited ex-security officer's supposed eyewitness account of the attack, aired Oct. 27.

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    "There is a lot to learn from this mistake for the entire organization," CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager wrote in a company memo.

    "We have rebuilt CBS News in a way that has dramatically improved our reporting abilities. Ironically 60 Minutes, which has been a model for those changes, fell short by broadcasting a now discredited account of an important story, and did not take full advantage of the reporting abilities of CBS News that might have prevented it from happening."

    Another one of the issues the CBS review found with the report was that Logan's reporting may have been clouded by previous statements she had made about the Benghazi attack, based on a speech she gave in October 2012, before she started work on the story.

    "Logan made a speech in which she took a strong public position arguing that the US Government was misrepresenting the threat from Al Qaeda, and urging actions that the US should take in response to the Benghazi attack," the report reads. "From a CBS News Standards perspective, there is a conflict in taking a public position on the government's handling of Benghazi and Al Qaeda, while continuing to report on the story."

    There's no word yet on the likelihood of whether or not Logan will return to work for CBS.

    A botched 60 Minutes 2 report in September 2004 based on what turned out to be falsified documents purportedly about President George W. Bush's stint in the military, effectively spelled the end of longtime CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather's career with the network.

    "If I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question," Rather said in retracting the story.

    He left CBS Evening News the following March and he ultimately filed a $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS, accusing them of making him a scapegoat in the matter. The suit was ultimately dismissed.

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